It was Gandhi who said "there is more to life than just increasing its speed" and in these days of super-fast transport the same might be said of travel. For those who find themselves dreaming of a time when the journey was just as important as the destination the Venice Simplon Orient Express offers a unique opportunity to experience the opulent indulgence that was travel of the past.
Boarding this exquisitely restored Art Deco gem is stepping back in time, with each unique carriage having acquired its own history during many years of traversing Europe in service of rail companies that include the original Orient Express. Present day destinations include Paris, Venice, Vienna, Dresden, Prague and, once a year, Istanbul, all reached in an ambiance sumptuous elegance.
Pampered passengers can relax in the comfort and style of their private lounge/bedroom cabin with breakfast or afternoon tea and the services of a Steward available at the touch of a bell, enjoy cocktail and piano music in the Bar Car, or partake of superb cuisine prepared by French chefs in one of three individually designed Restaurant Cars as the train wends its way across the continent.
And those who prefer their travel closer to home needn't miss out - the British Pullman offers its passengers the same gracious mode of transport within England and Scotland. Once carriages of The Bournemouth Belle, The Brighton Belle and the Golden Arrow the train now carries passengers on excursions throughout the South of England, with its sister train the Northern Belle covering scenic rail routes of the north.
Whether it's a voyage to Europe, a trip through the country or just dinner, a trip on the Orient Express is perfect for a romantic weekend break, celebrating an anniversary or just treating yourself to a journey back to the golden age of travel.